“Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty.”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder
It is inevitable. Either today, tomorrow or the next, something fucked up will happen to you.
Now read that sentence 10 times, close your eyes, sear it into your brain, take a deep breath, and move the fuck along.
We are living in glorious times, we have access to the accumulated knowledge of the entire human species at our fingertips, and yet more than ever we have become a race of incessant whiners who appreciate nothing and have the capacity to handle barely minute levels of discomfort.
Microaggressions, trigger warnings, censoring, year after year our youth try to figure out ways to stop people from being able to say what they feel for fear of having their feelings hurt. We are effectively trying to stop ourselves from being able to share honest ideas anymore.
Is it any surprise that people do not have the ability to handle bad situations, deaths and loss of work, failed marriages and disability, when they cannot even have someone tell them that one of their ideas is ridiculous without losing their minds and crying that their feelings are hurt and that everyone around them should change.
What the hell happened to freedom of speech people?
Today in Quebec there is serious discussion over the desire of some to pass a new bill that would basically render it illegal to mock or insult Islam.
Are we regressing into the dark ages, how the hell is this even being considered! it should have been laughed at and thrown in the trash without a second thought.
Freedom of speech CANNOT be fucked with, it is the basis for a true democratic society. And those who work against it in anyway should be viewed as enemies of freedom itself.
Further, my characterization of a loser is someone who, after making a mistake, doesn’t introspect, doesn’t exploit it, feels embarrassed and defensive rather than enriched with a new piece of information, and tries to explain why he made the mistake rather than moving on. These types often consider themselves the “victims” of some large plot, a bad boss, or bad weather. Finally, a thought. He who has never sinned is less reliable than he who has only sinned once. And someone who has made plenty of errors—though never the same error more than once—is more reliable than someone who has never made any.”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
We learn through constant discussion, talking and sharing ideas again and again and again, true change happens over decades of open minded merging of thoughts by many people. This is the power of books and blogs!
Nassim Taleb writes about strengthening ourselves to face the inevitable black swans that life throws at us, that no matter what we do we cannot control, only become stronger as individuals and as a species so that when these disasters strike we can not only be damaged less but simply come back stronger than ever.
We need to wake up and realize that this spoiled, fearful people we are becoming is the complete opposite of what we need to thrive .
It is not too late for us to find our true inner strength and go Super Saiyan.